Beyoncé Denies Plagiarism As Backing Singer Sues Her For $7 million | Music News
Backing singer Ahmad Lane – known as Javon – claims that “XO” from the 2013 self titled album from Beyoncé (full name Beyoncé Knowles) bears too close a similarity to his song “XOXO”. He is issuing a federal lawsuit against the “Drunk In Love” singer and seeking $7 million (£4.5 million) in compensation.
Lane allegedly played the track to fellow backing singer Chrissy Collins, who then passed it on to the singer herself. Knowles is denying the claims, with court documents containing her attorney’s statement that “The two works at issue are entirely different songs that share no lyrical or musical similarity, other than perhaps the letters ‘X’ and ‘O’,” adding “there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure”. With Lane never filing a copyright application for his song, Beyoncé is branding his claims as “vague and cryptic”, listen to the two tracks below and judge for yourself:
Javon – “XO”:
Beyoncé – “XOXO”: